By Liz Biscevic
When designing a room, the floor is often not considered part of the schema, and we need to stop that right away. The flooring solution for your home should not only be determined by your lifestyle, but should also play a pivotal role in your home’s style. For the artistic, modern or trendy designer, offbeat is the new hardwood, and we have five trends you won’t be able to resist.
If you really want to take your floors to the next level, you need to construct a 3-D floor. The floors are created by printing out a photo on a special, large printer and then covering it with epoxy and protective lacquer. See additional photos.
This makes the floors very easy to clean, and adds durability to the surface. Right now, 3-D floors are fairly rare, but we don’t doubt for a second this extreme design is going to become the next big thing. If you love the concept but don’t want to invest in 3-D floors, try adding a shine to your space with a gloss, or painting a bold stripe or shape to make a statement. If you have commitment issues, add a rug or a collection of layered rugs to liven up your space.
In Japan, broken is beautiful, and it’s in their culture to celebrate the inevitable fact that material things eventually fall apart. This tradition is beginning to bleed into Western design with the help of the Japanese art of kintsugi – a process in which broken things are repaired with gold or silver, making them appear vintage and even more beautiful than the original. In the U.S., Japanese “cracked” floors are gilded for unique, eye-catching details that are making interior designers and trend-seekers go wild. The idea that brokenness can make something more beautiful, and that old things have a history worth preserving, is both comforting and inspiring, and Western homes are beginning to reflect the unusual trend that comes from this tradition.
Interior design, and U.S. culture in general, has been slowly shifting away from the monolithic school of thought and moving into a world of variations, color and texture. It’s all about finding your personal style, however mix-matched and seemingly random that might be. For example, you can combine vintage and rustic looks to create something truly contemporary, or mix colors and textures to create a mosaic feel. Design selections should be personal decisions, and interior designers are celebrating this new trend as a way to express themselves even further in their designs.
The “concrete everywhere” trend has been slowly gaining popularity with the industrial and modern styles popping up in today’s homes. We love concrete floors because the possibilities for design are endless – with different options for colors, stains, textures and styles. Concrete is ideal for homes with lots of foot traffic because it’s easy to clean, water resistant and extremely durable. What makes concrete even more appealing, however, is that it is truly a green option. Concrete does not deplete natural resources, requires less energy to produce than most floors, and is almost always made locally. In addition, concrete prevents mold, mildew and odors and doesn’t hold onto heat or cold, which can help you save on your electricity bill in the long term.
For the ultra-modern home, a glass floor could be just what you need to take your design to the next, possibly highest, level. A glass floor can maximize the light and visibility in your home, which can in turn make your space appear larger and more open than a normal flooring solution. What glass floors ultimately do, however, is create interesting and modern-feeling focal points throughout your home and offer fresh, design-worthy perspectives of your space. New glass technology has allowed this sort of design to become possible, with contemporary glass tiles that are both durable and strong. Adding glass flooring to small pockets of your space can also create a trendy, modern aesthetic.
Whatever your personal style or your home’s natural charm requires, there’s a creative flooring solution for you. Consult your adviser at Abbey Carpet & Floor before making a decision, and remember to always go with your instinct!
This article is sponsored by Bay Area Abbey Carpet & Floor. We love to tickle your toes!